Silja Swaby, half Jamaican, half Finnish, is a marine biologist and author. Funded by Arts Council England, she has won competitions, and been placed in prizes and awards. She is working on a series of futuristic thrillers, featuring a female biologist whose quiet academic life takes a drastic turn. Silja has taken creative writing courses at Cambridge University and more recently Yale University, USA.

Silja tutors writers, gives workshops, and provides a critique service. She is happily unmarried and lives in deepest Somerset, UK.

Silja Swaby is pronounced Sil-yah Sway-bee.

May 14, 2009

Character is everything

How well do you know your characters? The answer should be - better than myself. Certainly your protagonist must feel as real as your best friend. The best novels have unforgettable people, sometimes doing ordinary things sometimes not, but creating the 'being in their skin' feeling is every writer's goal.

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